Our win against the Bulls last night inspired Buckets reader Demetrios Tsamutalis to write the following:
The Knicks are just competing at a winning level. Their effort tonight against the bulls is the type of effort you need to win consistently in the NBA, especially on the road. Defensively, they are challenging shots, cutting off driving lanes, taking charges and not giving up easy layups (instead they’re making guys have to make free throws). Offensively, they were lights out from three and while you can’t depend on shooting that well every night, they are not just settling for threes. When teams are closing out our shooters, they have put the ball on the floor and attacked the basket.
The one aspect of their offense that I would change is getting Amar’e deeper on the block when he is posting up. He is a good shooter and because of that he doesn’t always fight hard enough for low post position. I’d like to see them use an old Ewing favorite. Swing the ball weak side, have Mozgov set a cross screen on the baseline for Amar’e, then get Stat the ball down low as he is coming off that screen. It is not all Amar’e’s fault that he gets the ball so far from the hoop. The Knicks are a poor team at feeding the post, as are most teams in the NBA. It really is a lost art. Ultimately though it comes down to effort. The teams who want it more and are willing to do whatever it takes to win, usually do.
As for whether we’ve improved due to the loss of Duhon, I really can’t talk badly about him because I’m a huge Duke fan. I will say this though: anyone who knows the game knows that he is a backup point guard. A guy who in a perfect world would just be there to push guys in practice, or someone you can rely on if you absolutely positively had to put him in the game (or because you wanted to get rid of a certain headache who happened to play point guard for you). A poor man’s Rick Brunson. It’s not his fault the Knicks saw him as more than he really was.